Leatherman Sidekick Multitool
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- Last updated: 19/05/2017
When it comes to field cutlery such as the multitool, the major brand names who manufacture them have pretty much exhausted the permutations of configurations a model can have. In other words, besides plier heads, wire cutters and wire strippers being the norm, there’s only the outboard tools that can be altered or specific ones either added or omitted depending on the ‘situation’ and main ‘functions’ a model is designed for.
Obviously, there are certain tools that are necessities for catering to the tasks that a ‘usual’ general hunting foray requires. So, in that respect, you could say when the Sidekick was added to the roster, Leatherman took the initiative and designed a compact sized multi for those general hunting forays and dare I say one that I feel is particularly suited for the airgun hunter. Measuring 3.8-inches in the closed position and weighing 7oz, the main ‘edged’ blade lengths are 2.6-inches. A butterfly opener, it uses ‘spring action’ plier heads in configurations of needle nose, regular, wire cutters and wire stripers.
The auxiliary tools it holds are easily accessed from the handles by thumbholes or thumb nicks, a few deploying from the outside of the handles while most others deploy from the inner. Sensibly, for quick access, the 420HC drop point knife and wood saw fold out when the handles are closed, the others need to be accessed from the inner (entailing the tool is opened while one is chosen) and include a 420HC serrated edge knife, medium flathead screwdriver, small flathead screwdriver, Philips head screwdriver, bottle/can opener wood/metal file, one-inch scale/cum pry bar and lanyard ring.
Now that’s not the end of it, as cleverly the company supply the Sidekick with a separate (removable), but dedicated carabiner clip with a bottle open accessory. Ideal for carrying on its own stored in the Nylon sheath (supplied) or attaching to the lanyard ring when you need to clip it to a pack or belt loop for ease of access. If this doesn’t appeal, then there’s also a strong and quite lengthy removeable pocket clip.
To sum up, this handy pocketsized tool has all the features you need to cater for general hunting trips, and it comes at a very reasonable price, considering the features it holds. Talking of which, the handy, outside-accessible main fine edge blade has an elongated thumbhole, meaning that opening the knife with just one hand is a cinch. Another feature that deserves credit, is the sleek but very practical rounded edge handle design, as they afford a very assured and comfortable grip using the all-new design, spring-action jaws or any of the outboard tools.